Executive Director, Prosper Waco
Matthew Polk, Ph.D., was named Prosper Waco’s first Executive Director and began work with the organization on January 5, 2015. Citing Matthew’s unique combination of knowledge and experience, along with a deep commitment to social change, the Board of Directors heartily endorsed Matthew to lead the organization towards its mission to “build an environment in which all members of our Waco community are able to measurably improve their education, health, and financial security.”
Formerly, Polk served as superintendent of Rapoport Academy Public School, a public charter school district with 780 students on four campuses. Over the past six years he has worked to strengthen and renew the district’s facilities and programs and to bring best processes to its operations. Before his tenure at Rapoport Academy, Polk served as a teaching fellow at Harvard University, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2008. Earlier he was a student at Baylor University, where he obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and where he will complete his MBA this spring.
Polk is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Waco, and a member of the Waco Rotary Club and of the Texas Charter Schools Association, where he served as an elected member of the advocacy committee. While in Massachusetts he was an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, serving as a big brother from 2005-08.
Matthew and his wife Kristen, who is also a Baylor graduate, live in the heart of the Waco community with their three children.